Educators today are largely measured by how well they adapt to and provide vision for an ever-changing world. Capella's online PhD in Adult Education program is designed to give you not just the credentials, but also the knowledge and insight that are critical to be effective in the current educational landscape.
As a PhD candidate, you'll develop learning environments that produce high-achieving students from a wide range of backgrounds. The program concentrates on theories of adult learning and distance education, critical analysis and research skills, best practices in postsecondary adult instruction, and the application of theory and research.
Along with your your online coursework, you will complete 3 residential colloquia. These energizing residencies provide you with insights and knowledge that will be invaluable in your PhD studies and beyond.
Save Time and Money Earning Your Post-Master's Certificate
Our PhD in Adult Education is also designed to allow you to concurrently enroll in Capella's Post-Master's Certificate in College Teaching, allowing you to earn two valuable credentials at the same time.
The Building Blocks of Your PhD
Your PhD in Adult Education program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called colloquia or residencies), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a PhD.
View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, colloquia, comprehensive exams, and dissertation all fit together.
With your PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education from Capella, you'll be prepared to facilitate the learning process for adults, uphold professional ethical standards and socially responsible behavior, and perform relevant, high quality, scholarly research. Additionally, you'll be highly qualified to provide vision and direction in adult serving, post-secondary education and community settings. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.
Common jobs with an online PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education include: faculty member, director of grant writing, academic affairs vice president, dean, provost or community college president. Potential workplaces include: corporation, community college, vocational school, military education, adult education program, and land-based or online college or university.
To learn more, call 1.866.933.5981, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.